25Sep2018

Chinnu loved her pet puppy Browny more than anything in the world. she was a gift that her parents gave her for her fifth birthday last year. Chinnu enjoyed playing with Browny in her big garden. Browny was just a little more than a year old. For Browny too Chinnu was the most special friend. The two never got tired in each other’s company. Mithu, the parrot who stayed in one of the orange trees in the garden often enjoyed seeing the two friends play. Mithu too became a good friend and a well-wisher of the two best friends. […]

22Sep2018

It has often received a rap as being the last resort – the easy to make dish that people turn to when they are short of time or resources. Upma, primarily a breakfast or tiffin item in South India, is never seen in a glamorous light. But this humble dish rose to worldwide acclaim when Mumbai-born chef Floyd Cardoz cooked it in the Top Chef Masters contest in Los Angeles (2011) – and won the top prize of USD 100,000! […]

21Sep2018

This game of hopscotch is also known as Nondi in Tamil Nadu, Tokkudu Billa or Tangidi Billa in Andhra Pradesh and Kunte Bille in Karnataka. While no one knows of its exact origin, it is believed to have existed in early centuries, and is said to have been mentioned in ancient Tamil literature.

The game needs only a relatively even surface, and a flat stone. It can technically be played by one person alone, but is more fun when played in a group. […]

20Sep2018

Black pepper is known as the king of spices and with good reason. When added to a recipe, this unassuming ingredient not just enhances the taste of the dish, it also provides a host of health benefits. A fruit of the black pepper plant belonging to the Piperaceae family, black pepper is used as both, spice and medicine. The best feature of black pepper is that it grows through the year. So you can use it freshly the year-round. Grind a few peppercorns into your salads, sprinkle them over your curries or add them to your tea. Use them in your diet every day and reap the following health benefits- […]

12Sep2018

Puppies are adorable. But can you commit to looking after one?

When you see a squishy, furry cute little puppy, chances are you want one for yourself. Many people take home pups, not realizing that taking care of a pup is a full-time job. They need affection, devotion and loads of care. When they are young, they are going to poop and pee all over the house. Toilet training needs patience and time – your pup will be toilet trained usually by the time he is six months. […]

12Sep2018

Ramya came back from school all excited. She had just been given a new Tamil book by her best friend and couldn’t wait to start reading it. Anticipating this, her Amma sighed as Ramya sat down with the book.

“You need to wash up and eat something before you open that book!”, said Amma. But Ramya had already plunged into the book; such was her love for the written word! […]

12Sep2018

Minnu was a sweet, lovable and beautiful girl, aged six years. She was an adorable kid as she always obeyed her elders. Minnu’s parents loved her for her amazing behavior.

One day, Minnu’s mother took her for grocery shopping. As they passed the shops, Minnu noted a cute plastic pearl necklace in dazzling pink! She asked her mother to buy her the necklace. Her mother told her that it cost quite a few pennies. She asked her to do some chores, so that for every completed piece of work Minnu would get some money and she could buy the pink necklace. […]

12Sep2018

The tradition of hand weaving fabrics has been a part of Indian knowledge systems for over 5000 years. However, the “Khadi” movement got a great stimulus when Mahatma Gandhi revived the ancient hand weaving tradition as part of his freedom movement. […]

12Sep2018

What does it take to prepare food for thousands of people every day? Is it state-of-the-art machinery? A lot of manpower? An endless supply of groceries or is it just pure hard work and dedication? Well, the answer is, all that and more. Here’s a sneak peak into one of India’s mega kitchens that will give you some perspective the next time you struggle to cook instant food for 5 of your friends. […]

12Sep2018

Yes, we have heard of ID cards for people, both adults and children. We have heard of cute name tags for household pets. But have we ever heard of ID Cards for cows?

Yes, indeed, surprising as it may seem, along India’s border, authorities have come up with a novel solution to prevent the smuggling of cattle into Bangladesh.

Photo ID cards! […]

12Sep2018

Savitribai Phule (3 January 1831 – 10 March 1897) may not be as famous as Mahatma Gandhi or Swami Vivekananda. But every girl child who goes to school today owes it to her efforts. She was a visionary who fought for the empowerment of Indian women of all castes and communities.

When she moved to her husband’s house after marriage in 1840, he was very impressed by her passion to study. It was he who taught the little girl to read and write. […]

5Sep2018

Who hasn’t heard of brave King Porus, or Paurava, to give him his real name?

Long ago, Paurava ruled over a kingdom on the banks of the River Jhelum, in Punjab. One day, a messenger rushed to tell him that his kingdom was being attacked by Alexander of Greece. ‘He commands you to go pay your respects to him, Your Majesty,’ said the man. […]

7Aug2018

Dronacharya Award was instituted in 1985 by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, for excellence in sports coaching. This recognition of the extraordinary contribution of coaches comprises a bronze statuette of Dronacharya, a scroll of honour and cash of Rs.5,00,000. […]

7Aug2018

Zamindars are people from the Muslim Rajput castes who settled in rural areas of the Indo-Gangetic Plain, from Pakistan to Bangladesh.

A Zamindar is a holder or occupier (dār) of land (zamīn). The root words are Persian, and the resulting name, ‘landowners’ was widely used wherever Persian influence was spread by the Mughals or other Indian Muslim dynasties. […]